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“It’s not the happy thing you’re thinking of.”

– City planner Jess McNeely referring to “vacation,” which is the elimination of restrictions on property

Planning commission once again votes against 21st and Oliver rezoning

WICHITA — The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has once again voted against attorney Bob Kaplan’s rezoning request for 21st and Oliver even though he modified it.

Kaplan is requesting neighborhood office zoning to put a pharmacy drug store – likely CVS, though he won’t confirm that – and medical or other offices on the northwest corner. He says he can understand some neighbors in the area being against it, but not anyone else.

“From a professional perspective, 21st and Oliver … is a commercial location,” he says. “I don’t know anybody who would want to build a home on a property where 25,000 cars pass every day.”

Kaplan is representing the Mike Marks family, which owns the northwest corner property, and Rip Gooch, who owns the lot to the north.

He’s so confident that his position is the correct one, Kaplan is willing to put money on it.

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Angelo’s won’t open in former Barrier’s space, but another restaurant working on it

UPDATED — Angelo’s won’t be opening in the former Barrier’s space at Douglas and Oliver after all, but another restaurant will pending final city approval on increased parking.

“I never was positive that we were opening there,” says Gina Fasciano-Hogan. “It was actually way premature that that was mentioned at all.”

Fasciano-Hogan had been speaking with someone who had hoped to buy the building but didn’t succeed.

“That’s how premature it was.”

She still wants to reopen her family’s popular restaurant, though.

“We still want to, yes, and would like to stay in the College Hill area,” Fasciano-Hogan says. “I’m still in the planning stages.”

She says she’s working on a business plan and should be ready to do something in about six months.

“Hopefully when the time comes, something will be available in that area.”

Another group wants part of the former Barrier’s space for a bar and restaurant. Neither the group nor its representatives are sharing details about who the restaurateurs are or what they’re planning.

According to a staff report for the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the real estate agents for the new owners of the building — who closed on Thursdayapplied for a conditional use permit to tear down a duplex near the property for parking.

They also have plans to tear down a building behind the former Barrier’s building but don’t need permission for that because it’s already zoned for neighborhood retail.

The duplex is behind Citizens Bank of Kansas and is zoned for multifamily residential use.

The planning commission unanimously approved the permit with some modifications. This followed numerous public speakers who voiced concerns over the plan along with support for it.

A couple of speakers said they didn’t think the building, which has been vacant for more than two years, can ever attract another business without more parking.

“This building is an eyesore,” resident Trae Staats said. “Frankly, guys, something’s gotta give.”

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Pit Stop Lube & Oil gets permit to sell cars

WICHITA — Pit Stop Lube & Oil has received a conditional use permit from the Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Commission to do auto sales on its property at 10303 W. Central.

“It’s just a piece of land that they’ve owned that they’ve tried to market over the years,” says Tim Austin, who helped Pit Stop get the permit.

The land is on about a quarter of an acre.

“It’s pretty small,” Austin says.

He can’t say what the name of the auto sales business will be or when it will open. Pit Stop’s owner didn’t return calls for comment.


Planning commission agenda: Sign of the times

I just got a copy of the agenda for the Aug. 6 planning commission meeting. Usually there are several good leads on it to follow about commercial properties.

But this week? There’s one item! And it doesn’t look all that interesting.

Summer is a traditionally slower time, but … wow.

Fire station, office park on planning agenda

WICHITA — There are a couple of items of interest coming soon before the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

Sedgwick County is seeking a zoning change from single family residential to limited commercial for the southwest corner of University and Tyler.

There’s an 8,115-square-foot decommissioned fire station there that the county hopes to sell.

Look for an auction through McCurdy Auction once the zoning change is approved.

One person connected to rezoning calls it an interesting piece of property in part because former fire stations are unique structures that are “solid as a rock.”

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